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At SIPA's annual convention held the first weekend of March in Columbia, South Carolina, students and advisers attend sessions taught by national award-winning instructors. They also compete in onsite competitions and enjoy social and networking opportunities with other students and advisers from the Southeast.

SIPA 2019: Mark your calendars for March 1-3

Get ready for next year's convention and mark your calendars for March 1-3. We will post pre-convention workshops and sessions soon!

  • Plan for your SIPA 2019 experience now and download (pdf) the convention planning guidebook. This booklet prepares you for everything we offer – from on-site competitions to visual contests, from hotel reservations to FAQs.
  • Apply to be a SIPA student officer! You can plan SIPA 2020 and impact what student journalists learn at the convention. 
  • Behavior contract (pdf) – all students attending the convention must sign a behavior contract. You can either send in contracts prior to arrival or bring them to the registration desk.
  • Convention scholarship – the SIPA Endowment Committee sponsors up to 13 registrations for students to attend the convention. The application closes January 18.

Become a sponsor at the SIPA convention and support student journalists, journalism advisers and journalism education. Find out how you can market your company/college to our over 600 attendees and the opportunities for sponsorship.

  • Company sponsorship packet (pdf)
  • College/university sponsorship packet (pdf)

All the following are included in the convention planning guide, but we have separated the files into topics of interest.

  • Get (pdf) all the information you need for SIPA's Best Visual Contest, including category descriptions, how to save entries and composite list forms.
  • Make a budget! The convention planning sheet (pdf) allows you to budget expenses for the convention and CJI.
  • Just want an overview? Download (pdf) the convention schedule for more details. 

2018 CONVENTION:

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Past conventions

2017 CONVENTION:

2016 CONVENTION:

 2015 AWARDS :